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Easy Fish Taco Slaw

Fish Taco Slaw is a quick and easy way to add tons of flavor to your favorite fish tacos. This recipe comes together in minutes and couldn’t be simpler.

I didn’t start eating fish tacos until we moved to South Florida. Almost every restaurant had some type of Mahi Mahi taco or tilapia fish taco.

Over the next 10 years, that was my go-to dish anytime we dined out. Each restaurant had a different spin on the fish taco with some type of fish taco slaw and house made remoulade sauce or fish taco sauce.

Sounds silly, but it’s one of the things I miss most about living in the part of the country. The food! We can’t get fresh seafood here, so we make our versions to keep the cravings to a minimum.

This fish taco slaw is one of those recreation recipes. It’s a great all around slaw recipe with a touch of sweetness, some tanginess from freshly squeezed lime juice, and crunch from shredded cabbage and carrots.

It’s incredibly easy to prepare and very versatile. The best part is that it keeps well in the refrigerator for about 3 days and works well as a side dish for several recipes, not just as a topping for fish tacos.

Close up view of cabbage slaw in a white bowl.

How to make fish taco slaw:

  • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lime juice, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  • Place the cabbage mix, green onions, and cilantro in a large bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the cabbage mix, green onions, and cilantro. Stir to combine.
  • Serve over fish tacos, and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Collage style photo of how to make fish taco slaw.
Can you substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream for the mayonnaise?

To make fish taco slaw with Greek yogurt, simply swap out the mayonnaise with the same amount of plain, full-fat Greek yogurt. You can even use a little bit of mayo and Greek yogurt if you like as long as it equals 1 cup.

Sour cream can also be used, but we don’t recommend using all sour cream. However, using 1/4 cup in place of 1/4 cup of mayo or yogurt would work great!

Can you make this fish taco slaw without cilantro?

Absolutely! Some people have an aversion to cilantro, so it’s perfectly fine to leave it out. If you want to add something in it’s place, fresh parsley is a great option.

Can you omit the sugar in this fish taco slaw?

Yes, for sure! If you don’t want the slight sweetness from the sugar, simply leave it out. The slaw will have more of an acidic, tart taste from the lime juice.

We have not tested the recipe with sugar substitutes, so our best recommendation is to leave it out all together.

How do you make this slaw spicy?

Actually, we have an entirely different recipe for spicy coleslaw and it is great on fish tacos! That way, we don’t have to change this recipe at all, we just use the other recipe when we want spicy coleslaw.

Top down view of fish taco slaw in a white bowl.
Close up view of cabbage slaw in a white bowl.

Easy Fish Taco Slaw

4.5 from 110 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 18 Servings

Equipment

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup lime juice freshly squeezed (about 6-8 limes)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Slaw

  • 16 ounce bag pre-shredded coleslaw mix (discard any dressing that comes with the mix)
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 green onions chopped

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lime juice, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
    1 cup mayonnaise
    ¼ cup lime juice
    2 teaspoons granulated sugar
    ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine the cabbage slaw mix, green onions, and cilantro. Pour in the dressing, and stir to combine.
    16 ounce bag pre-shredded coleslaw mix
    ¼ cup cilantro
    2 green onions
  • Use on your favorite fish tacos. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2 ounces of slaw. Actual calories will vary.
 
*Doubling or tripling this recipe has not been tested. Therefore, we can not guarantee the outcome of adjusting the ingredients.
 
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Ounces | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Recipe Rating




Jenny

Tuesday 20th of September 2022

The BEST Coleslaw dressing with broiled talapia on street taco corn tortillas! I sliced half a green cabbage and added green onions and carrots!

John

Wednesday 21st of September 2022

Thank you Jenny!

Lori

Tuesday 20th of September 2022

Question, is it 2 bundles of green onions or just 2 individual green onions?

Kimberly

Tuesday 20th of September 2022

Hi Lori!

It's two individual green onions not the full bundles.

Stacy Lincavage

Thursday 25th of August 2022

My husband does 90% of the cooking butttttt I really wanted fish tacos and decided to make this dressing myself! So easy and so tasty!!

Kimberly

Thursday 25th of August 2022

Hi Stacy!

Thank you so much! We're glad you and your husband enjoyed the slaw. Have a fantastic evening! :)

grace

Friday 19th of August 2022

Really yummy and easy! Delicious with blackened cod fish tacos.

John

Saturday 20th of August 2022

Thank you Grace, we're thrilled you like the slaw. Have a lovely day :)

Cindy

Thursday 17th of March 2022

EXCELLENT! Thanks so much for taking the time to post!